HISTORY OF THE COMMON MAN

George Kindred Elkins Ranch in Kent County, Texas, north of Mackenzie Mt. / Oil on canvas

Tonya Holmes Shook was born in Oklahoma and grew up in Tucumcari, NM.  She has always called Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma her home. 

All her inspiration comes from these states, and her work is all historical in nature.  She loves painting in sepia tones, but also uses vivid colors, as well. 

Tonya painted her first oil painting at 10 years of age.  At age 11 she won first place at Quay County Fair. 

The painting was a watercolor of stampeding horses, and she beat out all the other age groups to win the overall contest at such a young age.  As an adult, she began researching her family history and

All her roots were in the Civil War Records.  This began her passion for oil painting in sepia tones.  Last year, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award by Who’s Who of America.  The Breckenridge Fine Arts Center is thrilled to have the honor of exhibiting over 150 of Tonya’s amazing work in our Main Gallery from March 18-May 3.

An artist reception will be held on
Saturday, March 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The reception is OPEN TO PUBLIC.